South Shore Eastbound train halted during rush hour - FOX 32 News Chicago

South Shore Eastbound train resumes with delays

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A chaotic commute home greeted scores of commuters after a South Shore east bound train was halted at the height of rush hour.

"At first we didn't know what was going on but then they're saying that some lines down or something between here and there so all we can do is wait... Let's see we left Chicago at about 4:00pm," said Lorena Fleming.

Early Wednesday evening, overhead wire damage disabled a South Shore east bound train bringing service to a screeching halt east of East Chicago near the Gary International Airport. At least three train cars were reportedly damaged and the accident prompted rolling delays and cancellations leaving many commuters stranded.

"We're hoping someone can come get us but we're waiting to hear," said Mina Kuppe.

By 7pm, the South Shore line was still not operating east of Hammond - that changed 30 minutes later when service resumed after maintenance personnel were called to assess the damage.

Despite the restoration of service, several commuters had already arranged carpools and cabs after waiting hours at a Hammond train station.

"Now she's calling me from Hegewisch and she can't even get to the Hegewisch station because there's two trains in front of her so I'm just kind of waiting to see when she's going to get in from Hegewisch, then I'll take her to East Chicago to get her car and then we'll all go home and then I'll have a drink... a nice single molt scotch," said Susan Gryfakis.

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